In a northern Minnesota camp, a young Boy Scout was not allowed to participate in a shooting activity with his fellow Boy Scouts. The news came to him after he had been allowed to join in on other recreational activities with his group the entire week.
Jesse Mosser has autism and is considered high-functioning. He attended Many Point Scout Camp, accompanied by his father, to participate in Boy Scout activities. These activities included archery and Tomahawk throwing, which are just as dangerous as shooting a rifle at a shooting range.
Mosser was waiting for his turn with the rifle, but it didn’t come, even once he was next in line. The instructor stopped the activity just before his turn. Mosser’s father told KSTP, “At that time, the gentleman leaned over me, in a loud voice where half the boys heard, asked ‘Is he mentally disabled?’”
Such public humiliation left Mosser confused and hurt, unable to understand why he was allowed to participate in other activities but not the shooting range. Mosser’s father continued to tell KSTP, “He said that, ‘Well, he’s not going to shoot on my range. We’ve had problems in the past with kids like that.’”
The instructor reduced Mosser to his autism, and disregarded his ability to properly handle a shooting activity. The boy’s father went on to say that his son struggles with bullying at school, as well.
The camp issued a statement and an in-person apology to Mosser and his father.
Mosser’s father said, “I’ve been a boy scout since I was a young child. We love the organization and what it stands for.” The camp also ensured that additional staff training would take place to ensure a similar incident did not happen again.